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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Playstation: The Rumblepack returns

An anonymous reader writes: Sony made a surprise announcement late on Wednesday, saying that it will introduce an new PS3 controller with rumble feature in spring of next year. Called Dualshock 3, the new controller will re-introduce the vibration functionality to the Playstation controller — a feature that had disappeared with the introduction of the Playstation 3 and the motion sensitive "Sixaxis" controller. It looks like that the new controller was made possible largely because Sony and Immersion resolved their patent dispute earlier this year. Back then, the two companies said that they had "entered into a new business agreement to explore the inclusion of Immersion technology in Playstation format products." Judging from today's announcement, the agreement apparently is bearing fruit.
The Media

Submission + - NBC drops the other shoe (nytimes.com) 2

stekylsha writes: NBC has managed to figure out this internut thing after all. In a brilliant move, reminicent of Napoleon and his attack on Russia, NBC has decided to sell their award winning shows themselves which "NBC executives say they expect to become a viable competitor to iTunes." From the article:

"The NBC service, called NBC Direct, will begin a testing period in October with plans to be operational in November. The service will allow customers to download full episodes of NBC shows for seven days on Windows-based PCs. The file will expire after the seven days."

One must wonder why this business model hasn't been tried before.

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